Streaming platforms are offering a mind boggling amount of content. Different genres, languages, countries, classic and the latest – all vie for our attention when we settle ourselves on our favorite seat to watch. We are spoilt for choice, and at times this could be a frustrating experience. But, mostly, viewers have never been this delighted to have access to hold the remote in their hands, as they browse towards the world premiere of their favorite star’s film.
The unexpected fall-out has been a dramatic increase in the number of hours our children are spending in front of a screen. Due to the ongoing pandemic, they have to attend all their classes online, along with maintaining their friendships on social media. This doesn’t even touch on the times when you turn on a show to distract your kids so you can finish up a project for your remote work.
Age Appropriate TV Content
As if looking to shorten the “screen time” of their children was not enough to worry parents, they also have to monitor the time they have allotted their kids for the content. Parents are often worried about whether or not the content they’re watching is suitable for their age group. And then there’s always the concern that the kids might be watching shows that are way too old for them.
What are they being exposed to without you knowing – gratuitous sex? Gory violence? Anti-establishment anarchy?
Thankfully, employees of these streaming giants are parents too (or at least, they have read through their marketing reports well). Most films and shows come with a country-specific rating system on their landing page to determine if it is suitable for kids or not. They also use keywords such as “Sex,” “Nudity,” and “Violence,” etc. at the top corner for more information.
Netflix already came with the option to create different identities that would show age-based content. Even Amazon Prime has come with the same set-up in its latest update. But what about Apple+?
Apple+ for Kids
A relatively new name in streaming, Apple+ knows its competition well and has similar options for little Susie when she takes command of the remote control.
In fact, the first message you get on the screen after signing up for the first time is this:
- If you have children, you can limit what they can watch on the Apple TV+ website.
- You can change these limits for this Apple ID at any time in Account Settings.
- In the Account Settings, you have an option to set select the ratings, and nothing beyond that preference will be shown. This is not only there for the Movies and TV shows category, but also Music.
Thankfully, the interfaces on Mac and Smart TV/Device is almost identical. However, in many countries, there are the a few different options. Here is how you find stuff for kids on both:
- Open the App on your Mac or your TV
- There are a few options at the top of the screen. One of them is Kids. Select it.
- Though the content curated here is generally for kids, you can also click on a specific option to see ratings or descriptions that suits your child.
- Simply Play your choice.
- There are Channels for Kids that can be additionally subscribed.
Please remember that the Kid’s Pane is not available in all countries or regions. So before you sign-up, and if you’re signing up for your kid, you must confirm if it’s available for your area first.
Now you can comfortably subscribe to Apple TV! You can even let your younger kids pick out their shows without worrying about your kids at the dinner table asking you embarrassing words that they came across while watching “that show.”